Rainbow Trout Stocking Returns Statewide

November 17, 2022by Brian Talley

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will begin stocking thousands of rainbow trout in waterbodies across the state on the day before Thanksgiving. The annual tradition could result in 337,469 rainbow trout being stocked in Texas from November 23, 2022 through March 3, 2023.

The Neighborhood Fishin’ program includes 18 Neighborhood Fishin’ lakes statewide in most major urban centers, including Austin, the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, Houston, and San Antonio. Additionally, the fish are stocked at city and county managed park ponds; the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center casting pond; the Frio, South Llano and Guadalupe rivers; and the Clear Fork of the Trinity River.

TPWD stocks catchable sized fish during winter months to create unique winter angling opportunities throughout Texas,” said Carl Kittel, TPWD Rainbow Trout Program Director. “Rainbow trout love cold water and can be caught on a variety of baits and lures (worms, commercially available pastes, corn, spinners, spoons, flies and more), and are great to take home and eat. Our winter rainbow trout program has been a favorite of anglers for over forty years.”

Anglers can fish in a Texas State Park from a bank, dock, or pier for free without a fishing license. TPWD recommends that those planning a trip to a park reserve a day pass in advance. In most areas, the statewide bag limit is five trout. Because trout cannot survive in Texas after winter, “anglers are encouraged to keep up to their daily bag limit of five trout. Rainbow trout are an attractive, tasty fish and anglers can easily find recipes to prepare them online.”